Gibson City man to be featured on "American Pickers" on May 27

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City resident Ray Leisure and his collection of antiques will be featured in an episode of “American Pickers” that is scheduled to premiere May 27 on the History Channel, the show’s producers said this week.

The show filmed a segment at Leisure’s home on South Church Street in September, after the show put out a call for candidates in August.

Leisure, 73, said  that until the show airs, he is not permitted to talk about what items were purchased by the show’s hosts, Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe — two of the most skilled “pickers” in the antique business — or for how much money.  But Leisure said they “hardly scratched the surface” during their search for some of his most interesting items.

Leisure plans to schedule a viewing party at his house when the show airs.

“I really can’t wait to see it,” Leisure said, “because they were here for eight hours, and if you make the show at all you might get five or 10 minutes — so how they can cut it down to five or 10 minutes, I don’t know; but I do know they do a good job of it.”

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